The arrival of the Precita Park Cafe on the eastern end of Precita Park has altered the geo-economic configuration of north Bernal. New businesses are attracting new customers. Old businesses are hurrying to adapt. Somewhere, Joseph Schumpeter is probably chuckling smugly to himself.
One immediate consequence of all this is that the on the western end of the park, the Park Bench Cafe has been shuttered and sold to Charlie, of the eponymous Charlie’s Cafe a few doors down. In addition, Charlie’s Cafe has expanded its hours, and launched a music and prose series called “Saturdays at Charlie’s.”
So what’s Charlie’s plan for the former Park Bench Cafe space? He has a few ideas, but he’s also soliciting input from the Citizens of Bernalwood. Neighbor Regina brings us this report:
The Park Bench Cafe closed without any warning last week (the owners have decided to move back home… not sure where that is) and the space has already been purchased by Charlie of Charlie’s Cafe. Charlie says he wants to know if the space would be best suited for a) a pet supply shop or b) a family oriented bar.
He’s holding a community meeting to hear what the neighborwood ™ has to say about the space. He has a sign-up sheet for the meeting in the cafe.
Charlie admits it’s been tough since Precita Park Cafe opened. He knows people who are trying to support both places, but he needs this new space to stay afloat. A competitor in that space could shut him down. He’s doing what he can to keep his cafe open. Finally, he’s open on Sundays. That should help!
So what’s going to keep Charlie in business? A pet supply shop or a bar? He says many neighbors cringe at the idea of an alcohol license in their backyard, but, IMHO, this isn’t the kind of neighborwood that should worry about hooligans taking over. The moms and dads and dog owners you see in Precita could use a place to go and grab a (hopefully local) beer or glass of wine. Charlie also points to several musician friends who would love to have a venue to play live music.
Perhaps we could get a pet supply shop with a bar?! Sell dog food by day, brewskies by night. Now that’s the ticket.
The question of what kind of business would most benefit the north Bernal ecosystem is an interesting one. Any other ideas? What should become of the former Park Bench Cafe?
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